Emre heads back to Turkey
Turkish midfielder Emre’s long and illustrious career with Atlético has come to an end.
Well all right, maybe not so much.
The 32-year-old was sold to Fenerbahçe for a small fee on Thursday, the Süper Lig outfit announced on its official website.
According to Turkish TV channel NTV Spor, Atleti will receive €350,000 for the man that arrived at the Vicente Calderón this past summer on a free transfer from the very club he returns to.
The veteran’s presence in red and white amounted to pretty much half a year of baby-sitting countryman and close buddy Arda Turan, though he did make 17 appearances (11 as a starter) with los Rojiblancos.
Emre picked up four assists and one goal in his brief Colchonero stint, with most of his participation taking place in the Europa League group stage.
The Turk took part in the final three minutes of the UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea, replacing Falcao.
“I appreciate the club for facilitating my move back to Fenerbahçe,” Emre told Atleti’s official site.
“I’ve lived a great experience at Atlético Madrid. Here, I was able to share a dressing room with some great players, and it has been a pleasure to get to know a coach like ‘Cholo’ Simeone and Messrs. Miguel Ángel Gil and Enrique Cerezo.
“Thanks for everything. I repeat, it has been a great experience and this club has been like a family to me.”
He continued: “Fenerbahçe really love me; they have offered me a two and a half-year contract. I think it’s the best option for me.”